The significance of Organic Certification
Organic certifications are an essential tool in guaranteeing transparency for the consumer. Organic products, thanks to the information indicated on the label, offer the guarantee of purchasing products that comply with all the highest standards of quality and safety required for organic production.
The European Organic Certification unequivocally identifies products of an organic origin; that is, products obtained through a company management system based on the use of the best cultivation practices, respect for and safeguarding of the environment, free of chemical pesticides and GMOs, protecting natural resources, and animals.
The certification is not a mere application of a label or logo on the product packaging, but rather, the result of an articulated process of control and conversion in which numerous subjects contribute: first, the bodies are responsible for issuing the certifications themselves.
Organic certification bodies play a fundamental role: they physically issue the certifications after a rigorous system of checks and controls. In Europe, each individual Member State has appointed public authorities and private control bodies to carry out the checks aimed at issuing certifications; these bodies work together under the close supervision of the central authorities.
What must the label of a certified organic product contain?
- The ISO code that identifies the nation (IT).
- The production method (BIO).
- The code of the control body is preceded by the words: Control Body authorized by the Ministry for Agricultural and Forestry Policies MIPAAF.
- The operator code.
- The reference to the last certificate of conformity issued with the date of the last revision.
The attention and growing awareness among consumers about the need for a return to healthy eating is a topical issue. Seasonality of products, abandonment of pesticides, and environmental protection are concepts that are now evaluated daily in the context of the choice of food products, with an increase in the offer. The European Bio (Organic) certification allows the consumer an immediate recognition of food products universally identified as “healthy”, with a view to a return to sustainable and environmentally friendly agriculture and production lines.
As we have said, for a farm, factory, or company that produces according to an organic method, it is not enough to declare it, but it must comply with a series of very restrictive regulations and periodic checks to obtain the European Certification. The verifications allow both the producer and distributor to introduce an authentic organic product on the market, avoiding the risk of counterfeiting and allowing the consumer to feel safeguarded when buying it.